The Miami Heat were again without Goran Dragic and Bam Adebayo on Sunday as they went into game three of the NBA Finals seeking a first win against the Los Angeles Lakers.
Adebayo is sidelined by a neck strain and Dragic has a torn plantar fascia in his left foot -- both suffered in the Heat's game-one loss to the Lakers on Wednesday.
Both missed game two on Friday, when Lakers stars LeBron James and Anthony Davis combined for 65 points in a 124-114 victory.
The Lakers were seeking to take a 3-0 stranglehold on the best-of-seven championship series on Sunday in the NBA's quarantine bubble in Orlando, Florida.
The loss of Adebayo, a key contributor for the Heat on both ends of the floor, and Dragic -- their top scorer in the playoffs until the Finals -- has hampered fifth-seeded Miami's bid to pull off an upset of the Western Conference champion Lakers.
Although Adebayo took the court during pre-game warm-ups, Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said he had no timeline for his return. Game four in the series is on Tuesday.
"He is feeling better. He's not going to play tonight," Spoelstra said. "I know how much that this means to him and I know how much he wants to be out there.
"This is one of the most difficult decisions that I've had to make with the trainers and with Pat (Riley) and everybody, but it's the most responsible thing."
Spoelstra said he could see "anguish" in the eyes of both Dragic and Adebayo over being sidelined, but he's determined to make sure they are ready to return before they do.
"I know them and their soul. They both will do anything to get out there," he said. "They both are making progress. They're not ready to play or compete in this game at this intensity level."